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Established by newspaper publishing icon Joseph Pulitzer in 1917, the Pulitzer Prize is an award granted for achievements in newspaper & online journalism, literature & musical composition. Columbia University administers the annual award in 21 categories.

 

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2013

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The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson

Award category: Fiction

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Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America by Gilbert King

Award category: General Nonfiction

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The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo  by Tom Reiss

Award category: Biography

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Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America's Vietnam by Fredrik Logevall

Award category: History

 

 

2012

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The Swerve: How the World Became Modern by Stephen Greenblatt

Award category: General Nonfiction

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George F. Kennan: An American Life by John Lewis Gaddis

Award category: Biography

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Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention by Manning Marable

Award category: History

 

 

2011

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A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

Award category: Fiction

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The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee

Award category: General Nonfiction

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Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow

Award category: Biography

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The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery by Eric Foner

Award category: History

 

 

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2010

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Tinkers by Paul Harding

Award category: Fiction

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The Dead Hand: The Untold Story of the Cold War Arms Race and Its Dangerous Legacy by David E. Hoffman

Award category: General Nonfiction

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The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt by T.J. Stiles

Award category: Biography

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Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World by Liaquat Ahamed

Award category: History

 

 

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2009

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Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout

Award category: Fiction

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Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II by Douglas A. Blackmon

Award category: General Nonfiction

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American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House by Jon Meacham

Award category: Biography

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The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family by Annette Gordon-Reed

Award category: History

 

 

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2008

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The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz

Award category: Fiction

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The Years of Extermination: Nazi Germany and the Jews, 1939-1945 by Saul Friedländer

Award category: General Nonfiction

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Eden's Outcasts: The Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Father by John Matteson

Award category: Biography

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What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815-1848 by Daniel Walker Howe

Award category: History

 

 

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2007

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The Road by Cormac McCarthy

Award category: Fiction

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The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 by Lawrence Wright

Award category: General Nonfiction

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The Most Famous Man in America: The Biography of Henry Ward Beecher by Debby Applegate

Award category: Biography

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The Race Beat: The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle, and the Awakening of a Nation by Gene Roberts and Hank Klibanoff

Award category: History

 

 

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2006

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March by Geraldine Brooks

Award category: Fiction

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Imperial Reckoning: The Untold Story of Britain's Gulag in Kenya by Caroline Elkins

Award category: General Nonfiction

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American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer by Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin

Award category: Biography

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Polio: An American Story by David M. Oshinsky

Award category: History

 

 

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2005

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Gilead by Marilynne Robinson

Award category: Fiction

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Ghost Wars by Steve Coll

Award category: General Nonfiction

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de Kooning: An American Master by Mark Stevens and Annalyn Swan

Award category: Biography

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Washington's Crossing by David Hackett Fischer

Award category: History

 

 

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2004

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The Known World by Edward P. Jones

Award category: Fiction

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Gulag: A History by Anne Applebaum

Award category: General Nonfiction

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Khrushchev: The Man and His Era by William Taubman

Award category: Biography

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A Nation Under Our Feet: Black Political Struggles in the Rural South from Slavery to the Great Migration by Steven Hahn

Award category: History

 

 

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2003

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Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

Award category: Fiction

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"A Problem From Hell:" America and the Age of Genocide by Samantha Power

Award category: General Nonfiction

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Master of the Senate by Robert A. Caro

Award category: Biography

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An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa, 1942-1943 by Rick Atkinson

Award category: History

 

 

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